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Editorial Reviews. From Publishers Weekly. Novelist Steven Pressfield (The Legend of Bagger Advanced Search. Kindle Store · Kindle eBooks · Self-Help. LAND, LLC. Ebook Distribution By I closed The War of Art, I felt a surge of positive calm. I now I read Steve's Gates of Fire and Tides of War back-to- back. Break Through the Blocks and Win Your Inner Creative Battles. - Dream about writing a great novel? Steven Pressfield points out the evils of resistance and then sounds the clarion call to go forth and blast past it, to give the world what you've got.
Product Details Click on the cover image above to read some pages of this book! A succinct, engaging, and practical guide for succeeding in any creative sphere, The War of Art is nothing less than Sun-Tzu for the soul. What keeps so many of us from doing what we long to do? Why is there a naysayer within? How can we avoid the roadblocks of any creative endeavor-be it starting up a dream business venture, writing a novel, or painting a masterpiece? Bestselling novelist Steven Pressfield identifies the enemy that every one of us must face, outlines a battle plan to conquer this internal foe, then pinpoints just how to achieve the greatest success. The War of Art emphasizes the resolve needed to recognize and overcome the obstacles of ambition and then effectively shows how to reach the highest level of creative discipline.
I beg to differ. Writing is both art and work. And the fruits of our labour serve a purpose: These things enrichen our culture — and are worth paying for. The starving artist is not inherently noble. Neither have I. Resistance beat him. Just … what? First of all, Hitler produced hundreds of paintings. He was not creatively blocked.
But obviously the bigger issue here is that this is not the reason World War II started. How about the signing of the Treaty of Versailles after World War I that crippled Germany financially and shamed them into eventually electing a leader that fed them a sense of national pride? How about the failure of the League of Nations?
How about the fact that clearly Hitler was an inhuman megalomaniac monster? People recover. Is it possible […] that the disease itself evolved as a consequence of actions taken or not taken in our lives? Could our unlived lives have exacted their vengeance upon us in the form of cancer? And if they did, can we cure ourselves, now, by living these lives out?
All those millions we spend on cancer research are clearly going to waste … Suggesting that people who do not answer their creative urges bring cancer upon themselves is, quite frankly, disgusting. The War of Art is written in broken, fragmented thoughts. And the ebook version I read was poorly laid out to the point I thought I had a defective copy. We get a snippet of information a page at a time; ideas are stretched out thinly, repeated, seemingly in a disjointed and random order, jumping back and forth between themselves, and lacking in analysis.
He made that pile of pages into a story. His editor took a multitude of short pages containing random thoughts on writing and procrastination, and ordered them into a semblance of logic.
There are snippets of value buried in this book. Anyone who has read books and blogs on writing and creativity will have come across them, in one shape or another. In short, this book is both absolutist and extremist. This book might be inspiring to others, but it failed to inspire me. What did you think of it?
Let me know in the comments. Never miss a post. Sign up to Liminal Letters. Receive monthly emails containing a roundup of my latest blog posts plus my innermost thoughts about running a fiction editing business and a meaningful life. Thank you for this honest appraisal of The War of Art. A writing friend I admire recommended it to me. I waited two months for it to arrive in my local library.
I finished it in two nights and then threw it down in disgust. But I knew most of them already! And was offended by his illogical, condescending, contradictory statements.
For example, we can control all including whether or not we have drama in our lives or cancer but our creativity is up to the muses and gods.
Like you, I am not religious, so this concept has no appeal whatsoever! Now I am trying to decide what, if anything, to say to my friend if she asks me what I thought. Thanks again! I have made my living as a professional writer for 40 years … and all is creative in some way. Please try again later. Kindle Edition Verified download. Here is this book in a nutshell: Have discipline and do it. I just saved you ten dollars. You're welcome. This is an absolutely amazing book on self-discipline and creativity.
If you're an entrepreneur, an artist, a writer, scientist or just about anybody with an internal urge to CREATE something but cannot because of distractions, fears, doubts and apprehensions, then this is the book for you. This will book show and define the 1 thing that's stopping you from bringing out your creative potential.
It's called Resistance and how it behaves and how it beats you. And then it stresses why we should overcome the resistance and how to overcome it successfully by detaching ourselves from the fruits, operating from a territorial perspective i. Doing work for the sake of doing work. By the time I reached the small chapter on Gita and Krishna's explanation on doing work for work's sake, I literally had tears in my eyes.
Because that's the way an artist must operate, not caring for the fruits. I didn't care.
I just decided to do the work, punched in my time and 3 years later, I'm at a level that's shocking for many but something I dreamed about.
However, I still have a lot of blocks where I didn't express myself and get the creative part of me and I'm fortunate to have come across this book. It will change your life! This book is a written equivalent of Shia LeBeouf's "Just Do It" motivational speech - something that tries to be inspiring, but is cut with an undercurrent of crazy and unsupportable conjecture.
It will resonate with some people and turn others off. Read on for a more detailed explanation. The books is, roughly, divided into three sections: Resistance, Combating Resistance, and Beyond Resistance. The first section was actually really good.
It mostly got into what Resistance is - the counterforce to achievement - and the various ways it manifests itself. While not based on any sort of evidence or research, this section lays out an allegorical enemy worthy of an epic struggle. The second section is mostly about how a professional behaves and how this behavior can overcome Resistance. The summary of this section is: This was the most prescriptive section of the book, but I'd say it leaned more towards inspiration than prescription.
If someone complains that this book is "just common sense", it is probably this section they are referring to. Emboldened by a couple solid sections, the author goes completely off the rails in the third.
The book becomes very religious, espouses lousy pop psychology, and makes outlandish claims. If I were to sum this section up, I'd say the author puts forth the idea that the artist is a conduit for some sort of divine inspiration or work, made manifest through the benevolent intervention of angels. That might be slightly harsh summary, but not too far off the mark.
He literally says "We were put here on earth to act as agents of the Infinite" and "The artist is the servant of that intention, those angels, that Muse. When talking about the fruits of our labor, he says "That is to do the work and give it to Him. Do it as an offering to God.
He does a deep dive into the Ego - ignoring the conventional definition and redefines it for his own purposes. He tries to draw a distinction between a hierarchical and territorial mode of thinking - unsuccessfully.
He makes outlandish claims, like ignoring the authentic self may be the cause of cancer and embracing the self might be its cure. He, literally, says that becoming your authentic self could cure cancer. He goes on to explain how the colloquialisms for inebriation - stoned, smashed, hammered - are all referring to the destruction of the Ego in order to access the Self.
There's no etymological basis for his statement. There isn't even any anecdotal evidence to support this. When speaking about the relationship between a mother and her child, he says "She knows it came out of her but not from her, through her but not of her. Lastly, he makes claims that are openly contrary. He says "Union and mutual assistance are the imperatives of life", but a few pages later says it would be incorrect to call friends for reassurance if you were feeling anxious.
To me, this section felt like a mess and it ruined the book for me. In summary, this book does not have any sort of authoritative voice on procrastination, productivity, or personal achievement. It is a snapshot of a specific artist's mental model of the creative struggle. If you are looking for some sort of cogent or practical insights, then you will be disappointed. If you would describe yourself as spiritual and, probably, believe that crystals have curative properties no judgement , then this book will probably speak to you.
Paperback Verified download. I read the foreword and first groaned a little with the god talk. I continued to read. I couldn't make it to book three. This the first time in awhile I couldn't finish a book. Judging by how much I agree with many of the other 1 star reviews, I can only expect a greater degree of suffering and discomfort as the book "goes off the rails" in book 3.
I find it interesting the five star reviews that say this book is motivating. I actually found it depressing and full of negative energy. It's riddled with feelings of guilt the Christian kind , xenophobia, intolerance, disarray and just plain ignorance. It's full of strong opinions and weak on coherence and logical reasoning. I found the author contradictory in many cases. Also, the format is terribly annoying. Book 1: Book 2: Give us what you've got. Writing Down the Bones.
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